Get health advice at no charge
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 11:00 AM
Three local agencies are partnering to provide a series of free informational health programs and screenings over the next three months and beyond.
The programs called "House of Health" - sponsored by King's Daughters' Health, the Clearinghouse/ House of Hope and the Jefferson County Health Department - will be at Bicentennial Park on the second Friday of the month.
The series begins Friday with sun safety. The August program will address diabetes and September's program will focus on hand hygiene. All programs are scheduled from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and will include health professionals from KDH or the health department.
The events are free and open to everyone in the public, and there is no registration fee.
It's likely the program will extend past September, though the locations, dates and health topics have not been determined.
Heather Foy, wellness coordinator at KDH, said it's the first time she can remember the hospital partnering with health department to hold reoccurring outreach health programs.
Foy said the idea is to introduce new health themes with every monthly program.
Health issues in Jefferson County mirror those across the state. Local residents commonly face issues of childhood and adult obesity, tobacco addiction, heart disease and diabetes, Foy said.
Foy said the programs are designed to be informal and non-threatening to visitors.
"Our goal is to find the health needs in our community and have King's Daughters' take the lead or supportive role," she said.
The dates include:
Friday: "Sun Safety." A nurse practitioner will offer a free skin screen. All participants will receive free sun screen and cold bottled water.
Aug. 8: "Diabetes." Type I vs. Type II. The KDH certified diabetes educator will be at the park to answer questions. A free blood-pressure screening also will be available.
Sept. 12: "Hand Hygiene." Proper hand washing is the No. 1 way to prevent illness. The fun interactive session will teach proper hand washing techniques right before the common flu season. Everyone who attends will receive a free bottle of hand soap.